Simply Neutrals 52 and happy New Year


collage crazy quilt in fabric journal by AppleApricot Wen

Happy New Year dear friends!!!

And a warm welcome to our (very blue here) Simply Neutrals gathering of January 2019!

May 2019 be a blessed year for you. A year full of love and joy and interesting adventures. Do you have plans for the coming year? Or wishes or dreams or goals?

Besides doing a lot of illustrations, I'm learning how to make pattern designs. Both surface pattern designs as well as patterns for embroidery designs. I have this dream of having my own fabric line and using my own fabrics in my needlework projects. I love creating with threads and fabrics and it will always be a big part in my creative life. And I also really love illustrating and making pattern designs, so I thought, why not combine? I have a lot of ideas and plans, a bit too many really, so we'll see how it goes. I'm looking forward to seeing everything materialize! I'll keep you posted :)

One of the things I want to learn is how to quilt. Do you have tips and tricks to share with me? And where do I start??? I know how to embroider, but my sewing has never been very neatly done. I'm a bit of a messy stitcher. As you can also see with my project for today. I call this my crazy collaged little quilt thingie.


collage crazy quilt in fabric journal by AppleApricot Wen

Er... it's far less neutrally coloured as I had in mind, lol!

The quilt thingie itself has a lot of neutrals, so I thought it would do for our party. But then I added it on a very blue page of a fabric book of mine, and well... It will have to do though, because everything else I could share is all very colourful.

The fabric journal is one that I had started a looooong time ago, but never came to work in it. It is meant to become a heirloom book. You can find the beginnings of it HERE.

I gathered some scraps of fabric. Some come from old blouses, some from an old pillow case, and some is new (or was new I should say, it's been around here for a while already). I collaged these scraps on a piece of white muslin, keeping the raw edges visible. And then I started to embroider and add some embellishments. I let my intuition guide me. The embroidery stitches I used are daisy stitches, French knots, (double) feather stitches, satin stitches, bullion knots, whipped backstitches, ... I think that's it, but I have the feeling that I'm forgetting one or two stitches...

Anyways, on to the party of this month!


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FEATURE OF LAST MONTH


Dear Alison was really on the roll with neutral projects last month, which she shared with us. One of these is the feature of last month, because it reminds me very much of a vintage Winter with a hint of Spring. (And I do long for Spring!!) And the tags she created are just gorgeous! Plus, I really loved the story she shared with them, how they came to be when she was creating with others. I so much enjoyed their creative gathering story, you can read it HERE.


vintage inspired tags created by Alison Bomber


Dear Alison, here is your feature blog button if you like:




On to this month's party!




SIMPLY NEUTRALS #52




To join the party, please keep the following things in mind:

1) Please link only to the blogpost that contains the photo(s) you want to share, and not to your blog's homepage.

2) Kindly link back to AppleApricot by putting a link to my blog in your blogpost.

Of course you're most welcome to use the blog button of Simply Neutrals Tuesday as well
(which can be found in the sidebar of my blog)

3) Link ups to both new and older blog posts are welcome.

4) You can link up from your blog, but if you do not have a blog but would love to link up from your instagram or other social media account, that's perfectly fine too.

Beware though, that may be not everyone can come visit and/or leave you a comment there.

5) Please take time to visit some of the other link ups and send them some love.

Time for the link up!

xx Wen


Simply Neutrals Tuesday linky party at AppleApricot


(Inlinkz has updated to a new interface, so I hope it all works fine...)

UPDATE: since Inlinkz uses a new interface, the linkup looks different. Also, there is an advertisement link added (number 6 on my list, but it might be a different one in your list), which I cannot remove. Inlinkz they told me it's normal, because I use their free plan, which (unfortunately) is ad-based. Oh well...

Merry Christmas!




Dear friends,

I wish you a

merry Christmas!


May your home be filled with joy, peace, and love.


And if you're in distress because of illness, sadness, or something else, may your pain be softened and your heart filled with peace. I'm sending you my warmest love and best wishes.


Big hugs,
xx Wen


(PS: this is a page from a fabric book, one of my w.i.p.'s that I never came to finishing and I doubt I ever will, but hey, who knows?)


Simply Neutrals 51 and Giveaway winner announcement




Birds fly south, colourful flowers and green leaves are almost all gone.




Days shorten and sunny daylight is scarce. The cold howling wind keeps me awake at night, rain pouring down against the windows. It's definitely autumn, almost winter.




My favourite tree in the street is no more.
It's gone.




No more flocks of Sterlings gathering at night near my window.
I feel sad.




With the heater on and a morning sun beam on my desk, it's nice and cozy inside. Tiny paintings appear in my forest journal. Slowly the pages are filled. Here a little and there a little.



We had some lovely walks in the autumn woods. It definitely is one of my favourite times of the year to be in the forest. Come join me for a little walk:





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GIVEAWAY WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT


Would you like to know who won my little giveaway of last month's post?

It is...




Dearest Jesse, the lace pouch with some tiny (some handcrafted) extras in it, will come your way! I hope you'll like it. I will send you an email.

Let's party, shall we?
Here is Simply Neutrals number 51...


FEATURE OF LAST MONTH


I am in love with this gorgeous vintage shabby French style journal cover dear Karen of RoostHeadDesigns created and shared with us! It's the style I kind of had as well in the beginnings of AppleApricot and it brings back fond memories of that time.




And now I feel like creating something in this style again :)

Dearest Karen, here is your feature blog button:




On to this month's party!



SIMPLY NEUTRALS #51




To join the party, please keep the following things in mind:

1) Please link only to the blogpost that contains the photo(s) you want to share, and not to your blog's homepage.

2) Kindly link back to AppleApricot by putting a link to my blog in your blogpost.

Of course you're most welcome to use the blog button of Simply Neutrals Tuesday as well
(which can be found in the sidebar of my blog)

3) Link ups to both new and older blog posts are welcome.

4) You can link up from your blog, but if you do not have a blog but would love to link up from your instagram or other social media account, that's perfectly fine too.

Beware though, that may be not everyone can come visit and/or leave you a comment there.

5) Please take time to visit some of the other link ups and send them some love.

Time for the link up!

xx Wen


Simply Neutrals Tuesday linky party at AppleApricot









Simply Neutrals 50 party time and giveaway





Hello dear friends!


It's party time! A very warm welcome to Simply Neutrals number 50 no less!

It's going to be a long post, so please bear with me.

I started hosting this party when I noticed I was not the only one who missed the whites and greys linky parties we had been part of for some time. Parties that were no longer there to join. That's why I decided to try bring this back to life, at least for my dear blog friends, and all who wanted to join in the fun. It's always been a small group here at Simply Neutrals. We never had a huge number of people joining us. But I really don't mind that, I find it to be a very cozy and supportive group of loving and caring sweeties. That's what kept me doing these parties.

To be honest, I don't know how long I will be able to keep it going. I'm really busy with illustration art school. And I hope to build up a career in illustrating, so I'm working really hard to chase after this dream. Which leaves me at the moment (next to family time) with no time left for other things that I love, like doing the Simply Neutrals gatherings with you, my dear friends.

So if there is anybody who would like to do these parties with me (or better yet: instead of me), then please let me know! I'd be very happy!



If you're interested in following my illustration journey, I have a seperate instagram account for that: https://www.instagram.com/wensylvestre/ - I'm not posting a whole lot yet, because doing the homework assignments for art school is my main focus at the moment, which is eating up all my time and energy! Here is an example of my work for these assignments:




And right now we're busy with children's books, which is so much fun!! Here is an example of a character sketch I did for the first week of the children's books course (we're in week 4 now):




This is where my heart leads me and what I enjoy doing the most. So I'm not sure what will happen to my presence on AppleApricot or Simply Neutrals. We'll see. I do know for sure that I have another thing to share with you in the (hopefully nearby) future, something I promised some time ago: an artist interview. When the children's book class is finished (in two weeks from now), I will take that up again.


GIVEAWAY


Now, on to my giveaway as a thank you for being here with me at AppleApricot, even though I'm not here a lot! And to celebrate the 50th Simply Neutrals :)

It's a little something I made some time ago, a pouch, to which I added some little goodies. Nothing fancy, just a sweet thank you gift.




To join the giveaway, you only have to leave me a sweet comment here below this blog post.

It will take me some time to send it though, because I'm in the middle of the busiest and toughest weeks of art school.


FAVOURITE ALL-TIME FEATURES OF SIMPLY NEUTRALS


Since 50 is a jubilee, I thought I'd share with you what made the most impression on me of all these Simply Neutral parties. These are only some of my favourites, I didn't have time to share all of my favourites here unfortunately. But these are the ones that left me speechless.




Top left, I'm always stunned by the gorgeous work by Suzy of Suziqu's Threadworks! The rich colors and fabrics she uses, combined with beautiful imagery and lately also more of her mixed media and eco dye work, it's all so yummy!
Then top right we have a photo taken by Mascha of Maschas Buch. She takes a lot of stunning photos of beautiful old and weathered buildings. And also of nature. It brings back sweet memories of my travels through Germany.
Center right is an example of the gorgeous soldering work by Marie of Lost Bird Studio. She creates such amazingly beautiful pieces of jewelry with her soldering! I love the decorations she does on the edges. My goodness, so beautiful!
Bottom left is a stunning piece of stitchery work by Pam of Nest in the Attic. I was honestly speechless when I saw this mushroom made by her. And I love the soft greyblue.
Last but not least bottom right is an example of the amazing textures Dorthe of Den Lille Lade creates in her mixed media work. I'm always stunned by it and very inspired to try different media for texture making too!

Like I said, I could have added a whole lot more of the beautiful work you all share in Simply Neutrals! Each time it makes me so happy to see everything you have been creating and willing to share here! Thank you so much for joining and sharing and mingling with each other. I think we have a wonderful little community of beautiful people here, very heartwarming and touching.


FEATURE OF LAST MONTH


Linda of heArtfully Inspired made this beautiful Poe tag, which I really love. I just had to share it here with you. So poetic!




And this month I also had to share Suzy's stunning work, a little book that is close to my heart because of the nature theme, the eco dyed papers and fabrics, and I just love bookmaking so much!

So yes, here is Suzy's work again, for the second time today...




Just gorgeous... What can I say more?

On to this month's party!



SIMPLY NEUTRALS #50




To join the party, please keep the following things in mind:

1) Please link only to the blogpost that contains the photo(s) you want to share, and not to your blog's homepage.

2) Kindly link back to AppleApricot by putting a link to my blog in your blogpost.

Of course you're most welcome to use the blog button of Simply Neutrals Tuesday as well
(which can be found in the sidebar of my blog)

3) Link ups to both new and older blog posts are welcome.

4) You can link up from your blog, but if you do not have a blog but would love to link up from your instagram or other social media account, that's perfectly fine too.

Beware though, that may be not everyone can come visit and/or leave you a comment there.

5) Please take time to visit some of the other link ups and send them some love.

Time for the link up!

xx Wen


Simply Neutrals Tuesday linky party at AppleApricot









Simply Neutrals 49 - bird illustrations and mixed media journal


mixed media journal and bird illustrations by AppleApricot Wen


Hello dear friends, a very warm welcome to Simply Neutrals for October 2018!

Thank you so much for your beautiful and heart warming link ups last month, I really feel this is a beautiful group of kind souls, encouraging each other and sharing our stories. Although I'm very busy with my illustration journey, I would not want to miss you sweeties! So I'm dedicated to keep this Simply Neutrals going for as long as possible.

The monthly Simply Neutrals gathering is a good motivator for me to keep on working on my Forest mixed media journal, which is mostly neutrals with green here and there.


mixed media journal and bird illustrations by AppleApricot Wen


For one of the projects for the illustration year course that I'm doing (and I will probably do another year in 2019!) I had to draw birds. If you know me, you know that I LOVE birds! So I don't mind drawing them, at all.

And one of them ended up in my mixed media journal :)


mixed media journal and bird illustrations by AppleApricot Wen


Above you see my journal surrounded by some of the other birds I drew.

In the (near) future I'd also love to embroider birds (and more flowers) in my journals, because besides drawing and painting and photography, embroidery is one of the things I'm passionate about. And besides illustration projects I'd love to go on with my exploring journey in textile and mixed media arts.


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FEATURE OF LAST MONTH


Last month we welcomed Alison of alisonbomber.blogspot.com to our gathering. A very warm welcome to you, Alison! I was enchanted by the gorgeous nature themed tags she created. There is so much texture and layering going on on these small canvases. I love that she added dried flowers too.

tags by alisonbomber.blogspot.com


Dear Alison, here is your feature blog button if you like:




On to this month's party!




SIMPLY NEUTRALS #49

It's the 49th SNT already! Next month will be the 50th party, a jubilee one! And I will have a little surprise for you then! But for now, let's focus on this month, shall we?




To join the party, please keep the following things in mind:

1) Please link only to the blogpost that contains the photo(s) you want to share, and not to your blog's homepage.

2) Kindly link back to AppleApricot by putting a link to my blog in your blogpost.

Of course you're most welcome to use the blog button of Simply Neutrals Tuesday as well
(which can be found in the sidebar of my blog)

3) Link ups to both new and older blog posts are welcome.

4) You can link up from your blog, but if you do not have a blog but would love to link up from your instagram or other social media account, that's perfectly fine too.

Beware though, that may be not everyone can come visit and/or leave you a comment there.

5) Please take time to visit some of the other link ups and send them some love.

Time for the link up!

xx Wen


Simply Neutrals Tuesday linky party at AppleApricot